Vasiliy Lomachenko, Ukrainian boxer and holder of the WBO featherweight title announced Monday that he will be fighting his Russian opponent on Oct. 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight is a violation of an existing agreement between the two countries; instead, Stakhovsky was forced to sign up for Russia’s World Boxing Super Series tournament which begins next year.
The “lomachenko record” is the most popular sport in Ukraine. Vasiliy Lomachenko and Sergiy Stakhovsky have signed up to fight Russia in a boxing match.
At Wimbledon in 2013, Sergiy Stakhovsky defeated defending champion Roger Federer.
Sergiy Stakhovsky, a Ukrainian tennis star, says he hopes he will not have to use the rifle he was handed after joining up to assist his country’s defense against the Russian invasion.
A three-weight champion boxer, Vasiliy Lomachenko, has joined Ukraine’s reserve troops and has been pictured carrying a firearm.
Oleksandr Usyk, the heavyweight boxing champion, is also said to have joined up.
According to Stakhovsky: “I know how to operate the weapon. I’ll do whatever I have to if I have to.”
After retiring from tennis after the Australian Open in January, the 36-year-old has returned to Kyiv to assist his country’s defense.
Usyk, the reigning heavyweight champion who defeated Britain’s Anthony Joshua in September, has returned to Ukraine from his London headquarters.
Photographs on Instagram seem to show the 35-year-old brandishing a firearm, according to an unconfirmed Ukraine Boxing Federation account.
In a Facebook post, Lomachenko, 34, was shown wearing a military uniform and carrying a gun over his shoulder.
The Ukrainian government has ordered males aged 18 to 60 to remain in the nation and fight as it attempts to impede Russia’s onslaught.
Stakhovsky, a former world number 31 who defeated Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2013, told Radio 4’s Today programme, “I very much hope that I won’t have to use the pistol.”
Stakhovsky said it was a “terrible” choice to leave his wife Anfisa and children at their house in Hungary.
He believes Anfisa has informed their children that he is participating in another tennis event.
“I’m still baffled as to how I did it. I understand how difficult it is for my wife. My children are unaware that I am present “he said
“They have no concept of battle. They’re really too little to comprehend what’s going on.”
Will sports sanctions have an impact?
After Russia, backed by Belarus, started a military invasion of Ukraine last Thursday, sporting organizations have continued to impose sanctions on Russian teams and athletes.
Fifa and Uefa banned Russian football clubs and national teams from all tournaments “until further notice” on Monday.
The Russian men’s squad will not compete in the World Cup play-offs next month, while the Russian women’s team has been barred from competing in the Euro 2022 tournament this summer.
Spartak Moscow has been relegated from the Europa League, and Uefa’s sponsorship of Russian energy giant Gazprom has come to an end.
The International Olympic Committee has called on sport regulatory organizations to exclude Russian and Belarussian competitors from competing.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has been asked by the Ukrainian Tennis Federation to exclude Russia and Belarus from the organization and to bar Russia from participating in individual and team competitions.
Elina Svitolina, the world number 15 from Ukraine, has said that she would not play Russian or Belarusian players until they are classified as ‘neutral athletes.’
Stakhovsky thinks that these steps will give Russian President Vladimir Putin a “significant shift in perspective.”
“He loves sports and is delighted that Russia is a sporting success. He enjoys being able to display his accomplishments to the rest of the world at the Olympics and other sporting events “Stakhovsky said.
– Fury – I’d be on the front lines.
During his pre-fight press conference against Dillian Whyte on Tuesday, Britain’s Tyson Fury praised fellow heavyweight world champion Usyk, who is also believed to have signed up.
“If England or the United States got involved [in the conflict], I’d be on the front lines,” Fury remarked.
“My father and all the lads [the Fury brothers] would agree. Love your wife and fight for your nation.”
Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, who is also believed to have joined on, was Fury’s first world champion in 2015.
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